Dr. Samantha Lavitt (she/her)
“We all deserve a better quality of life. I’m committed to finding ways to make that happen.”
OCFP Programs: Peer Connect
Clinical Interest: Psychiatry Mental Health, Equity Diversity and Inclusion including vulnerable populations, Palliative Care includes End of Life care, Physician Wellness
Practice Model: Other
OH Region: East Region (CE/SE/CH)
Samantha practices family medicine as a locum in Ottawa and the surrounding area. She enjoys teaching preclinical medical students at the University of Ottawa through small groups and physician skills development in clinic.
In the past year, she is spending more time writing about her experiences with disability and pursuing further studies in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). She has recently completed the Love Your Brain yoga training program for health professionals and has become a certified yoga instructor to assist people with traumatic brain injuries through meditation, breathwork, and modified yoga postures, in addition to conventional care.
Samantha shares her home with her husband and four furry friends. She enjoys gardening, crafting, music, and tabletop games. She would be equally delighted if you asked her about her latest plant project or her favourite Dungeons and Dragons podcasts.
Through the OCFP Peer Guide Program, she offers mentoring and coaching with a focus on quality of life improvement, including disability support (both for physicians themselves and their patient care approach), mental health and wellness support, EDI advocacy in healthcare, as well as incorporating palliative care values before reaching end-of-life care.
Dr. Lavitt cares for patients of all ages, currently with a focus on disease prevention, health education, mental health and wellbeing.